26/01/2017

Watford Complete Niang Deal

Watford FC is pleased to confirm the capture of exciting young AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang.

The highly-rated 22-year-old has signed on loan until the end of the 2016/17 season, and the Hornets also have the option of making the move permanent in the summer.

Niang can play on the wings or in a central attacking position, and the former France Under-21 international becomes Watford’s third signing of the January transfer window.

Having made his professional debut with French outfit Caen aged just 16, Niang’s dynamic performances drew attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs and in 2012 he secured a move to Italy with AC Milan.

The pacy attacker became the second youngest scorer in AC Milan history when netting in a Coppa Italia tie against Reggina aged 17 years and 350 days in December 2012.

Niang gained further experience through loans at Montpellier and Genoa before returning to the San Siro with AC Milan, where he has played 77 times in total, scoring 12 goals.

He will wear squad number 21 for Watford.

Check back to watfordfc.com later for the first chance to hear from Watford’s newest signing.

First Team 25/01/2017

Zárate Signs For Hornets

The Hornets are delighted to announce the permanent signing of Argentine forward Mauro Zárate.
 
Comfortable playing as either an attacking midfielder or a striker, Zárate joins Watford in a two-and-a-half-year deal from Fiorentina, where he scored seven goals in eight starts for the Serie A outfit.
 
The 29-year-old returns to the Premier League having spent previous spells in the top-flight with West Ham, QPR and Birmingham City.
 
Having started out in Argentina with Vélez Sarsfield, Zárate spent a brief period with Qatari side Al-Sadd before making a loan switch to Birmingham in 2008, finding the net four times in 14 outings for the Blues.
 
A five-year stint with Lazio followed and Zárate played a key role in their 2009 Coppa Italia Final victory over Sampdoria, scoring four minutes into a 1-1 draw before converting during a successful penalty shoot-out.
 
After a year spent on loan at Inter Milan, and a return to first club Vélez Sarsfield during the 2013/14 season, Zárate joined West Ham in 2014 and went on to play 29 times for the Hammers, scoring seven goals.
 
The former Argentina Under-20 international also played four games on loan at QPR in the early part of 2015, and secured a switch from West Ham to Fiorentina in January 2016.
 
He will wear squad number 20 for Watford.
 
Return to watfordfc.com shortly to watch Zárate’s first interview since joining the Hornets.


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